The National Weather Service has determined it was tornadoes that caused significant damage in Hopkinsville and that killed a woman at her home in Logan County Saturday.
Calvin Drive damage
Christian County native Rick Shanklin is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Paducah and says it didn’t take long for him to determine the damage on Fort Campbell Boulevard, Skyline Drive, Pembroke Road, Russellville Road, Overby Lane and at the Eagle Crossing Apartments on Calvin Drive was caused by a tornado instead of straight-line winds.
He classified it as a strong EF2 tornado with peak winds of 135 mph.
— NWS Paducah (@NWSPaducah) February 25, 2018
Shanklin says it reminds him of the 1978 tornado that caused damage in the city limits of Hopkinsville.
Three people went to Jennie Stuart Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries and six others were treated by EMS on scene Saturday night at the apartments before being released. Shanklin says it’s remarkable that the results weren’t much worse, considering the damage.
Shanklin says the damage tells the story—it was a very intense tornado.
Dot Road tornado damage
Elsewhere, the National Weather Service in Louisville determined it was a 400-yard wide EF2 tornado with maximum winds of 135 mph that destroyed a house on Dot Road in Logan County, killing 79-year old Dallas Jane Combs.
— NWS Louisville (@NWSLouisville) February 25, 2018
A crew from the National Weather Service in Nashville concluded an EF2 tornado with maximum winds of 125 mph damaged several homes in the Farmington subdivision in Montgomery County and caused minor injuries to two people. It touched down on Dunbar Cave Road and went back into the clouds four miles later on Kirkwood Road and it was approximately 300 yards wide.
Updated preliminary information from our storm survey team:
EF-2 #tornado with max winds of 125 mph struck east #Clarksville TN on Saturday eve 2/24/18. #Tornado began on Dunbar Cave Road & ended on Kirkwood Road. Path length 4.05 miles, path width 300 yards, & 2 injuries. #tnwx pic.twitter.com/exSmQlMJcp
— NWS Nashville (@NWSNashville) February 25, 2018